iOS 14 has made it possible to add widgets to the iPhone and iPad home screens, and Apple itself offers widgets for apps like Notes, Reminders, and Music. However, one of my main complaints about the Official Music widget is that it only shows recently played songs.
WidgetPod is a new application that solves exactly this problem with a Now Playing widget that works for both Apple Music and Spotify.
There are other apps that offer Now Playing widgets, but WidgetPod only focuses on that – and it offers some great customization options for changing the style of the widgets available. The app was designed by Aditya Rajveer, the same developer as the Marvis Pro music player.
Once you open the app for the first time, WidgetPod lets you create your own music widgets to add to the iOS home screen. Users can set the theme of the widget to light, dark or even choose a custom background color. It also allows you to change the accent color of buttons and text, or even add a background image.
There are small and medium sized widgets, and I took advantage of all the possibilities that WidgetPod offers. For example, I created a medium sized widget that shows the song currently playing and also has media controls, while I also have a smaller sized widget that only shows the album art and the name of the song.
Unfortunately, since iOS 14’s widgets are not designed to have constant interaction, I encountered issues while using WidgetPod, such as strange animations when you press the play / pause buttons. But that doesn’t make the app any less cool.
WidgetPod is available for free on the App Store, but Spotify compatibility requires an in-app purchase of $ 1.99.
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